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Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Not a bad book

I think if I went back and re-read a lot of the SVH books I read as a teenager I would find the writing style spot on with the new SVC book. I was not looking for a poetically written book, I was looking for a fun read to find out where the Wakefield twins were now. D...
I think if I went back and re-read a lot of the SVH books I read as a teenager I would find the writing style spot on with the new SVC book. I was not looking for a poetically written book, I was looking for a fun read to find out where the Wakefield twins were now. Do not go into this books expecting Dickens and you will not be disappointed.
I will try not to give out any spoilers here...
Elizabeth and Jessica are estranged from each other over something Jessica did and Elizabeth is now living in New York City attempting to earn a living as a writer. Jessica is still in Sweet Valley working for a cosmetics company and doing rather well for herself there.
We get a good glimpse of life for the twins now that they are 27 years old as well as the story behind what happened between Jessica and Elizabeth in flashbacks. I actually like when the author switches 1st person from Elizabeth to Jessica, it seems like they are each writing their own story using their language. For example, Jessica uses the word, "like" a lot and that is just something I would see her saying.
I like hearing about the former characters that I grew up with, I do hope this becomes a series because I would like to see more information. For some characters it really is a quick update on what they are doing and then nothing more is mentioned. It is funny in some cases, when I heard about this book I envisioned where I would see certain characters and was not at all surprised the direction the author took them. Some other storylines just really come way out of left field (such as the Steven Wakefield storyline) but I imagine that Ms Pascal is just setting up a brand new series and will examine deeper as time goes on.
I would recommend the book to any Sweet Valley Fan though!

posted by Kelz72979 on March 30, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

34 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

ABSOLUTELY DREADFUL. SAVE YOUR MONEY.

If the option to give this book no stars had been possible, I would have rated it as such.

As an avid reader and collector of the SVH series in my teens, I was intrigued by the premise of revisiting the SV gang ten years later. The opening was intriguing and showed ...
If the option to give this book no stars had been possible, I would have rated it as such.

As an avid reader and collector of the SVH series in my teens, I was intrigued by the premise of revisiting the SV gang ten years later. The opening was intriguing and showed promise...

The problems become evident almost immediately. First of all, Francine Pascal, or her ghostwriter, does not know her audience. The title and the marketing suggests that the book is aimed towards fans who grew up reading the SVH, SVU series and who are now in the 20-40 age range (around the same age as the twins in the book, or women who started reading the SVH series when it first came out). There are adult situations which preclude the idea that the book is written for younger readers. This is NOT a young adult novel. As such, I would expect the writing for this audience to be thoughtful, stylistically and grammatically sophisticated, and certainly more detailed.. Instead, we're treated to sophmoric, dumbed down writing that rushes through every important plot point and lacks any depth that would suggest the writer even cared about her demographic. The adult language, which appear to be used for the purpose of emphasizing that this is an "adult" novel are instead jarring and about as ridiculous as kindergartener cussing.

The plot device of using flashbacks to underscore current events and relationshpis is a cheap and lazy tactic. Instead of taking the time to unfold the events in narrative, Pascal/ghostwriter has the characters reminisce about particular events. There are way too many character viewpoints and flashbacks! We never really get to care about the characters because their motives are never fully explored or explained.

There's a completely out-of-left field storyline featuring the twins' brother that could have been a GREAT storyline but instead is throwaway fluff. Ultimately, that's one of this book's biggest faults: the plotting is clumsy and there are too many stories underway. Jammed into 205 pages, none of them are resolved with any real depth or intent. Instead, Pascal/ghostwriter wraps everything up with an epilogue that is wince-inducing and awkward. And frankly, infuriating. Why bother investing in characters who aren't even invested in themselves?

And finally - who and WHERE was the editor? This book is chock full of gramamtical and continuity errors that are annoying.

What a disappointment. I was so looking forward to revisiting old friends. Instead, I found myself discovering why some people should be left in the past: they're better in our memories. Instead of the story I hoped to read - what Pascal/ghostwriter delivered was crap.

I've never felt compelled to write a review before but this book is so horrendous that I strongly suggest you save your money and borrow it from the library instead.

posted by Cathy_H98 on March 29, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2011

    highly recommended

    Worth the wait. Loved it!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    Loved it! Read in one afternoon!

    I loved this book and could not put it down. It is terrific for die hard SVH/SVU fans. It was great to revisit the characters. I hope this is developed into a new series directed at older fans! :)

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    Not as bad as some reviews claim

    I did do what one reviewer suggested and read the epilogue at the store, but it left me curious so I bought the Nookbook. This book is written in classic SVH/SVU format. Jessica does something horrible/outragous (though even for her this ones a doesy). Elizabeth whines and pouts before doing something pass-aggressive. Jessica figures out how to fix things (to her advantage of course), all is forgiven. There are multiple storylines, mostly in flashback. It was a clever way for Pascal to at least touch on all the characters from the various lines. I did like the fact that the flashbacks were in first person, they added an extra depth to the characters and situations. I don't want to post any spoilers but honestly the situation wasn't that big of a surprise. I don't know if the college event was actually featured in the SVU books, but looking back at what I remember of SVH I wasn't shocked. Infact most of the storylines made sense to me. The one exception was Stephen's storyline, I would have loved to seen this one fleshed out more. Possibly getting Cara's point of view. The occasional foul word is used throughout the book. Most make sense a handful don't. I did notice that some reviewers were talking about gratiutous sex scenes. As an avid romance reader and an erotic romance author I feel I have to point out there are no sex scenes in this book. There are a few love scenes that use descriptive words for kisses and then flowery phrases for the actual act. The closest to outragous language Pascal used was the word 'nipples' and that was once. The love scenes fit the moments in the book well. I've no doubt that this book was written as a result of multiple requests to give these beloved characters a 'the end'. I think she succeeded rather well in that goal. Overall this was a fast read that most SVH/SVU fans will slide right into. It was very much like reconnecting with a old high school friend.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    good

    Obviously this book was not meant to be life-changing, but it did bring back some memories. Honestly, I could'nt put it down!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2011

    save your money. wait till it in free bin. ehere it belongs

    horrable. sad i paid mmoney fo it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    for old SVH fans, book was great!

    i have been waiting for this book for 2 years. pre-ordered it on my nook color last night,started reading it about 5 this mornin, and didnt put it down until about 7. wont give away plot, but as a elizabeth/elizabeth, it sucked.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2013

    Big Disappointment

    I loved the Sweet Valley books when I was younger and I was so looking forward to catching up with Jessica and Elizabeth but this book was a big let down. The story line had a lot of potential but was not executed well at all and didn't seem like it was written for an adult audience. So disappointing.

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

    Bad.

    Bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Woods

    The forest in Camp Half-Blood, this area is extremely dangerous, filled with hellhounds, furies, harpies, etc. Only very brave demigods would go here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    This book was ok. Since I grew up reading the Sweet Valley book

    This book was ok. Since I grew up reading the Sweet Valley books, starting with Twins and ending in University, I was so excited to hear about this book where the twins were all grown up and adults. This book really could have been something and even been the beginning of an adult series, but it fell short. The plot had me raising an eyebrow. Go to your library and see if they have it before you spend money on this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Easy, fun read!

    Enjoyed as a kid & brought me right back! Loved, loved, loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    *sigh*

    Don't waste your money. I remember this series from when I was a kid and myabe that's where they're better left, as fond memories

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  • Posted August 21, 2012

    DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY AND TIME

    The grammatical errors and inconsistencies in this book are extremely frustrating. It seems like Francine Pascal took a bunch of cliche ideas and just wrote them all out without any clear organization or fact checking against previous books. Characters that were dead are now alive. Other characters have name changes and drastic personality changes. Some old staple characters are omitted entirely.

    I was very excited to read this book and really wanted to like it. Unfortunately, the book was a horrible mess. Save your time and money and pass on this one. If I could, I would give this book 0 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Like omg like!

    Not even going into other issues I see wrong with this book, the fact that Jessica says "like" soooooo many times pretty much ruined it for me. She isnt a little girl anymore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Eep

    I grew up loving the Sweet Valley series.
    This book has left scars. I could not believe what I read and was left a wreck...and not in a good way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Kind of disappointing.....

    Was not as good as the series books. If you liked the Todd & Elizabeth storyline do not read this book. This book actually made me sad even though there is a happy ending it is not one I liked. Read at your own risk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    was ok

    was a decent catch up on the twins. reading it was just like reading them back in the day but has bad words and mention of sex lol.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    YAWN

    Wow, was this even written by the same author as the previous books I used to devour? Horrible in every way and not even worth the trip to the library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Must read for old school Sweet Valley High readers

    I loved this book! Anyone who read all the Sweet Vallet High books need to read this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Stupid predictable

    Was this book written by a teenager. Awful style. Oh and the author managed to stick the phrase "sweet valley" in front of every word. Poor description. Very cliche. Should be free b/c its total sweet valley garbage.

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